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Salmond backs first state-funded Islamic school for Scotland

Alex Salmond yesterday threw his support behind plans for Scotland’s first state-funded Islamic school, to be submitted to councillors in Glasgow.

Senior Muslim community leaders are preparing a detailed case for the school, which organisers say will “teach Islamic values” and will be delivered later in the summer.

Scotland already has state-funded Catholic, Episcopalian and Jewish schools, and there is strong support among the country’s estimated 80,000 Muslims for their own faith school.

But the move is likely to be controversial, and some believe that the plan may harm integration between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

Four schools in Glasgow already have a roll that is comprised of at least 90 per cent Muslim children, and organisers say there is “demand” from Muslim parents for a faith school.

Full story at The Scotsman.

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